Increasingly, as time goes by, the characteristics of the Bahá’ís will be that which captures the attention of their fellow-citizens. They must show their aloofness from the hatreds and recriminations which are tearing at the heart of humanity, and demonstrate by deed and word their profound belief in the future peaceful unification of the entire human race. (From a letter dated 26 October 1941 written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, in Living the Life, p. 17)
In the past few weeks, there has been an explosion of craziness around people hoarding items like toilet paper in fear of the pandemic. Pictures abound about grocery stores with empty shelves and people fighting over the last item of something. Has the world gone mad? Bahá’ís definitely have an opportunity to show the world that we have something to offer in the days ahead.
As we work to elevate the conversations around us, let us remember that God is in charge and everything that happens is bringing us closer to uniting the world. The governments of the world are learning from the lessons of those countries who have gone through it before us. China is lending a hand to Italy. Italy is educating the west about how to prepare and the west is listening and taking action. People everywhere are going into voluntary seclusion. Neighbors are reaching out to neighbors. This is exciting news! If we can figure out how to make a united effort as individuals and governments to overcome this hurdle, surely we can make a similar effort to stop global warming, end war and achieve world peace at last. If a world crisis which affects everyone on the planet can give us the impetus to overcome our inertia and move forward to what might be our promised collective destiny, then I say bring it on!
Knowing I can demonstrate my profound belief in the future peaceful unification of the entire human race during this crisis, I am grateful!
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